Notable Achievements

​​On April 13, Southwestern University’s Upsilon Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), hosted its AKA Spirit of Giving Virtual Awards Ceremony. The awards were presented to faculty members and a deserving student leader for their commitment to supporting students of color on the Southwestern University campus. The awards are given in honor of the philanthropic deeds of Vice President for University Relations and Strategic Initiatives Paul Secord and his family. This year’s recipients were Eugenia Gabrielle Agobe ’22, psychologist and Assistant Director of the Counseling and Health Center Rachel McNally, Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala, Professor of Spanish and Chair of Latin American and Border Studies Carlos De Oro, Professor of Sociology Reggie Byron, Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Erika Grajeda. For more details, see the event program.

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Expertise

Contemporary Latin American Film, Literatures, and Cultures

My academic interests include Latin American film, literatures and cultures, with particular emphasis on Colombia. I am interested in the analysis of film genres and aesthetics, as well as representations of race, class, and gender in contemporary Colombian film and Latin American literatures. My teaching and research mainly address issues related to the conflicting use of Latin American cultural production as an instrument of resistance and denunciation in situations of socio-political conflict. Within this framework, I plan activities that develop language proficiency and focus on issues of diversity and social justice, preparing students to communicate effectively and successfully, and to understand and interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures. My courses seek to make meaningful connections between academics and the precarities of daily life that impact impoverished and voiceless communities in Latin America.

 

Education:

PhD, Romance Studies, University of Miami, Florida

MA, Spanish, University of Arkansas

BA, Universidad del Atlántico, Colombia 

Recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award in the category of tenured faculty

 

 

  • My academic interests include Latin American film, literatures and cultures, with particular emphasis on Colombia. I am interested in the analysis of film genres and aesthetics, as well as representations of race, class, and gender in contemporary Colombian film and Latin American literatures. My teaching and research mainly address issues related to the conflicting use of Latin American cultural production as an instrument of resistance and denunciation in situations of socio-political conflict. Within this framework, I plan activities that develop language proficiency and focus on issues of diversity and social justice, preparing students to communicate effectively and successfully, and to understand and interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures. My courses seek to make meaningful connections between academics and the precarities of daily life that impact impoverished and voiceless communities in Latin America.

     

    Education:

    PhD, Romance Studies, University of Miami, Florida

    MA, Spanish, University of Arkansas

    BA, Universidad del Atlántico, Colombia 

    Recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award in the category of tenured faculty

     

     

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  • Selected works

    “Traveling Narratives, Neorealism, and Marginalization: Ciro Guerra’s Cinema of Denunciation and Resistance.” Latin American Perspectives, Issue 241, Volume 48, Number 6, November 2021.

    “Cine de guerra, drama, comedia y thriller: Representaciones del trauma, la violencia y la insuficiencia estatal en el cine colombiano.” Hispanófila 188, 2020.

    “Between Armed Conflict, Social Awareness, and the Neoliberal Market: The case of Alias María”. Contemporary Latin American Cinema. Resisting Neoliberalism? Claudia Sandberg and Carolina Rocha, eds. New York: Palgrave macmillan, 2018.

     De Oro, Carlos e Iris Klotz. “Cine, pobreza y marginación en el Pacífico colombiano”. Imagofagia, Revista de la Asociación Argentina de Estudios de Cine y Audiovisual. No 13 (2016).